89. Telegram 485 from Geneva1

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485. From Johnson.

Two hour twenty minute meeting with no progress. Next meeting Thursday.

Meeting consisted almost entirely of reiteration previous positions of both sides. Wang pressing hard on my unwillingness agree to second sentence first paragraph his August 11 draft and I pressing hard for release all Americans. No sign any relaxation their position but atmosphere was relatively mild and he was not pushing for any break. Stated qte propaganda campaign unqte resulting from release 11 fliers was having qte adverse effect unqte on talks here.

Details and comments follow.

Gowen

Mr. Waddell’s office (FE) notified 8/16/ 9:20 a.m. EMB (CWO)

  1. Source: Department of State, Central Files, 611.93/8–1655. Confidential; Niact.